Current Affairs Pakistan July 2016

Democracy is Future of Pakistan By Umme Hajira

ROLLING back democracy is talk of the town these days as the drawing room politics seems busy in spreading rumours that serious differences between the democratically elected government and the establishment are leading to a head-on collision.

Read more July 31

Friends And Foes | Editorial

The news of the United States still looking to push India’s membership into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) is not altogether surprising. This latest report is only proof that the Foreign Office was patting itself on the back much too soon, for a diplomatic effort that is not yet even close to fruition.

Read more July 31

A New Foreign Policy By Mehr Ispahani

It is clear that America is preparing India to reduce China’s influence in the region. The strategic importance of India in the American view that can better protect the US interests in the area and China‘s rapid rise as a regional political and economic power.

Read more July 31

The Other Solution | Editorial

There are offers on the table from Brazil, Japan and China to establish projects that will help Pakistan with its energy crises. While these offers are important, the fact of the matter is that they come at a heavy economic cost to be borne by the national exchequer and the taxpayers.

Read more July 30

Islamabad Needs Narrative Against US-India Nuclear Deal By Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was created in reaction to the nuclear test conducted by India in 1974 but now efforts are being made to give NSG membership to New Delhi.

Read more July 30

Pak – India tensions editorial

It is important to unbundle Pak-India ties now, before more time is lost, or the knot will become bigger and stronger and, therefore, that much more difficult to unravel. News, therefore, that Indian Interior Minister Rajnat Singh will visit Islamabad for SAARC home ministers conference on Aug3 is welcome.

Read more July 29

Can We Help Kashmir? By Ayesha Siddiqa

There are many in Indian Kashmir who will not be able to read what was written to decry the atrocities they suffered at the hands of the Indian state forces, due to injuries to their eyes.

Read more July 28

Swaraj's Personal Attack Against Nawaz Seeks to Shut Down Bilateral Diplomacy | Editorial

A war against the people in India-held Kashmir has now also expanded into a war of words against the Pakistani government by the Indian foreign ministry.

Read more July 26

A New Chapter in Pak-Afghan Relations | Editorial

In a recent interview to Geo’s Saleem Safi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan of insincerity towards Afghanistan. He said that the state-to-state relations with Pakistan are a bigger challenge for Afghanistan than the existence of terror groups such as the Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

Read more July 26

US-Pakistan Relations: Can a Lobbyist Help? By Touqir Hussain

Recent reports that Pakistan was searching for a lobbyist in Washington show how little the Pakistani establishment understands the complexities of US-Pakistan relations or US foreign policy, especially its complicated policymaking process and the political context in which it operates.

Read more July 26

Kashmir Under International Spotlight By K. Iqbal

The cause of the Kashmiri people has gone global. The way and the scale at which Accession to Pakistan Day and Black Day were observed, World-wide, on July 19 and 20 has sent a loud and clear message to India as well as to the international community.

Read more July 25

Governance Reforms Start Rolling With CSS Age Limit

The government has set rolling the governance reforms by raising the upper age limit for Central Superior Services (CSS) applicants to facilitate entry of more mature, experienced and qualified recruits/officers.

Read more July 24

Pro-Woman Laws | Editorial

Progressive legislation, even when triggered by persistent needless tragedy, is welcome. But surely PML-N realises that getting a parliamentary committee to agree on anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills is only one small step in a long process.

Read more July 24

Kashmir Crisis: What Next | Editorial

As has been noted in these columns before, Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) is currently witnessing its umpteenth round of brutal human rights violations at the hands of Indian security forces.

Read more July 24

The Pakistan Story By Iftikhar Ahmad

Pakistan has to have aggressive foreign policy, compatible and dynamic domestic policies with strong focus on finance and economy and social sector, catering to the needs of the people.

Read more July 24

SCO Membership & Pakistan By Maryam Nazir

Pakistan last month signed the Memorandum of Obligations (MoOs) at the SCO Summit in Tashkent to obtain the full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The process of granting full membership of SCO to Pakistan got underway in Ufa during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit in July last year.

Read more July 24

Terrorism Case Sought Against Modi for Genocide of Kashmiris

A petition was filed in Lahore High Court on Friday seeking registration of a terrorism case against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding him responsible for genocide of Kashmiris.

Read more July 23

Foreign policy and parliament | Editorial

WHY is Pakistan’s foreign policy adrift and the country seemingly once again on a path towards regional and international isolation?

Read more July 23

Development Disaster By Amir Hussain

Social development approaches have increasingly become the domain of experts who claim to have mastery over the processes of social change, accentuated through technical phrases.

Read more July 21

Money — Not Modi, in AJK By Atif Nazar

While Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) is drenched in blood and witnessing another popular upsurge against the unjust system, Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) is ready to conduct polls on July 21 for the 10thtenure of its legislative assembly.

Read more July 21

The US: Friend or Foe? By Reema Shaukat

The US Congress in recent past is excessively observed as one of critique on US relations with Pakistan. In their opinion US has invested more on military equipment and given aid to Pakistan than its requirement.

Read more July 21

Criticality of Water: There are no Doves in Pakistan By M Ziauddin

Pakistan seems to have decided to move the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) to restrain India from building two major hydropower projects on rivers assigned to Islamabad under the Indus Water Treaty.

Read more July 20

Pakistan is not Isolated By Imtiaz Gul

Some recent events and statements originating in Washington, Warsaw (NATO summit) and Kabul, seemed to have created a triumphant, though largely misplaced impression that both India and Afghanistan have managed to encircle Pakistan.

Read more July 20

NATO Strikes Pakistanis | Editorial

NATO forces are continuing their late night air strike sprees on the Afghan territory without assessing the potential collateral damage they are causing. It is believed that thousands of innocent civilians have been killed in these strikes, which did not even spare hospitals and marriage parties in the past.

Read more July 20

Be Proactive on Jammu and Kashmir By Masood Khan

In the aftermath of the brutal killings in the Occupied Kashmir following Burhan Wani’s extrajudicial execution, anger in Pakistan was partly directed against India and partly against ourselves.

Read more July 18

PML-N unwilling to share CPEC control with army? By Khawar Ghumman

With the controversy surrounding Panamagate and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s extended stay in London following heart surgery dominating headlines, progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) seems to have taken a backseat.

Read more July 18

Pak-US Relations By Lt Gen (retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi

It is always a great opportunity and good fortune for a nation to be on the right side of the Great powers.Great in terms of values, systems and people, USA commands huge political and economic clout, that can help build weaker countries and serve the humanity at large.

Read more July 18

CIA to Continue to Violate Pak Sovereignty | Editorial

CIA director John Brennan has said that the next US president will continue to support drone strikes against militants without consulting any world leaders, including Pakistani leaders.

Read more July 17

PM okays age limit extension for CSS exams

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved on Friday a summary moved by the planning and development ministry, extending the upper age limit of candidates appearing in CSS examinations from 28 to 30 years.

Read more July 17

A proactive foreign policy By Ikram Sehgal

With India's visibly anti-American membership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during the four decades of Cold War, its tilt towards Russia was well documented. Pakistan being allied with the US, India used NAM to subject us to scorn as a paid US lackey throughout the Third World.

Read more July 16

Pakistan’s Kashmir Policy: Time to Refocus? | Editorial

At the corps commander meeting held yesterday, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif stated that the international community must help in resolving the Kashmir dispute, and Pakistan should raise this issue in all world forums.

Read more July 16

The Reality of Kashmir By Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

“Once again, Kashmir is on the boil. In spite of leadership being gagged, caged and confined, the so-called “peace” in the valley has been shattered. So far 30 youngsters, most of them teenagers, have been killed in cold-blood, hundreds are injured."

Read more July 14

The Cold War: Pakistan’s ‘obsession’? By Dr Qaisar Rashid

“If any situation appears to give even a delusion of the possibility of a political discord between any two major countries, the first words Pakistani intelligentsia — ranging from retired military generals participating in TV talk shows to the aspiring candidates for passing the examination of central superior services ."

Read more July 13

Answering the Kashmir Question By Mohsin Raza Malik

“Living up to their dark traditions of oppression and tyranny in the occupied state, the Indian security forces open indiscriminate fire on the thousands of protesters in Srinagar following the death of young Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani last week."

Read more July 13

Future of Pak-US Relations | Editorial

“The way Pak-US relations were deteriorating it was only a matter of time before Washington tied further aid to tangible, measurable progress on Pakistan’s side."

Read more July 13

Prelude to the Sino-Pakistani Diplomacy By Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik

“Today Pakistan and China enjoy a cordial relationship free of all doubts. Facts go back to their pre-diplomatic encounters. The purpose of this study to focus on these realities that helped in building a solid relationship between the two nations especially in the 1960s."

Read more July 13

Rising Urbanisation By Syed Zeeshan Ali Kazmi

“A recent World Bank report pointed out that total urban population of about 3.5 billion people is projected to reach five billion by 2030, with two-third of the global population living in cities. About 54 percent of the population lives in urban areas globally, and this trend is expected to continue. "

Read more July 12

Kashmir Unrest Sparks Pak-India Diplomatic Spat By Kamran Yousaf

"The fresh wave of violence triggered by the killing of a young Kashmiri separatist leader in the disputed Himalayan state has sparked a diplomatic spat between Pakistan and India."

Read more July 12

Pak-US: Perpetual Fire Fighting By K. Iqbal

“Previous weeks witnessed some unilateral American actions which poured chilled water on the Pakistan-US relations.Droning of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in an otherwise no go area for drones; scuttling of sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan under Indian pressure."

Read more July 11

The New Foreign Policy By Taimur Azmat Osman

“Pakistan is passing through the most interesting phase of its history when it comes to foreign relations and strategic alignments."

Read more July 11

Pakistan and Afghanistan: What’s the Next Step? | Editorial

“Speaking at the NATO summit on Saturday, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani blamed Pakistan on the failure of Afghanistan peace process, and alleged that this was due to Pakistan differentiating between good and bad terrorists “in practice.” "

Read more July 11

Our Population Prerogatives By Mehtab S. Karim

“IN 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that July 11 be observed by all countries as World Population Day."

Read more July 11

US,Pakistan and Afghanistan | Editorial

“With war weariness having become a dominant feeling in the US and Europe, Afghanistan faces an uncertain future. The Taliban control more of the country than at any time since the US invasion in 2001. "

Read more July 10

To Judge or not to Judge By Andleeb Abbas

“The bureaucrat is a strange missile: it does not work and it cannot be fired. This saying by a man of wisdom just about epitomises the inefficiency with which governments are run, especially in Pakistan. "

Read more July 10

Pak-Russia Relations: New Dimensions By Dr Qaisar Rashid

“The limitation with the past is that it cannot be reconstructed but the plasticity with the future is that it can be shaped up. This is true in the case of the emerging ties between Pakistan and the Russian Federation (or Russia). "

Read more July 09

Pakistan’s foreign policy; 21st century approach By Quratul Ain Fatima

“The challenges of twenty first century in a strategically important country like Pakistan are indeed daunting. Pakistan's geo strategic location opens door for both opportunities and tests given the politically embroiled and war torn neighbourhood. "

Read more July 07

Energy Sector Woes | Editorial

“Finance Minister Ishaq Dar recently told the Ministry of Water and Power to expedite work on ongoing energy projects as the PML-N makes a desperate attempt to keep its election promise of ending power outages by the end of its tenure."

Read more July 07

Kashmir: India, Pakistan and the US By Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

“Is it true Narendra Modi just boarded a flight to visit India?” Tweeted a critic of Indian Prime Minister’s globe-trotting jaunts. “Welcome home, Pradhan Mantriji! How long will you be staying this time?” was another tweet dipped in sarcasm. Modi has already been to 33 countries just this year alone."

Read more July 05

Pakistan: Flaws of Foreign Policy | Editorial

Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has recently termed US drone strikes illegal while addressing an important session on global counterterrorism strategy at the UN General Assembly."

Read more July 05

Using diplomacy as a tool By Yasmeen Aftab Ali

The first step to successful diplomacy is information gathering. Talks with representatives of other nations must be based on effective information gathering. Only with reliable information can a situation be intelligently assessed and a practical narrative ."

Read more July 04